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  • Netanyahu on Australia cafe siege: International Islamic terror does not know borders

    12/15/2014 11:29:55 AM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Jerusalem Post [Israel] & Reuters ^ | 12/15/14 | Herb Keinon
    Rome - Emerging from a a three-hour meeting in Rome with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu´ s first comments related to the siege on the cafe in Sydney Australia that ended shortly before. Netanyahu sent his condolences to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, and the Australian people. He said that International Islamic terror does not know borders, and the struggle against it needs to be global. (Snip) Netanyahu then discussed the focus of his meeting with Kerry saying that Israel will “do everything possible” to make sure that the UN Security Council does not impose
  • 2001 Interview with the perpetrator of Sydney Siege

    12/15/2014 1:17:38 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    People in Sydney walking past the State Parliament buildings on Macquarie Street in recent weeks might have noticed a tall Muslim cleric who has taken up residence in a tent on the footpath outside. He is Ayatollah Manteghi Boroujerdi, a liberal cleric who fled Iran four years ago after being very critical of the Iranian regime. Ayatollah Boroujerdi's wife and two daughters are now under house arrest in Iran, and he's hoping the Howard government will put pressure on the regime there to let his family join him here in Australia. David Rutledge spoke to him this week. David Rutledge:...
  • Stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism. It's bigoted and Islamophobic. (click bait)

    12/15/2014 12:47:52 PM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Vox ^ | December 15, 2014 | Max Fisher
    There's a certain ritual that each and every one of the world's billion-plus Muslims, especially those living in Western countries, is expected to go through immediately following any incident of violence involving a Muslim perpetrator. It's a ritual that is continuing now with the Sydney hostage crisis, in which a deranged self-styled sheikh named Man Haron Monis took several people hostage in a downtown café. Here is what Muslims and Muslim organizations are expected to say: "As a Muslim, I condemn this attack and terrorism in any form." This expectation we place on Muslims, to be absolutely clear, is Islamophobic...
  • THREE DEAD IN BLOODY END TO SIEGE: Two hostages dead and Muslim gunman killed...

    12/15/2014 12:31:49 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 71 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 16th December 2014 | Emily Crane and Daniel Piotrowski
    An Iranian-born gunman was killed, two of his hostages are dead and four injured after a dramatic and chaotic firefight brought an end to a terrorist siege at a Sydney cafe. Teams of heavily armed police swooped on the Lindt Chocolat cafe in a hail of gunfire, ending a tense stand-off where Man Haron Monis had been holding around 17 people captive. Police issued a statement describing the event as a confrontation with a 50-year man, who they said died after shots were fired. The man was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital, police said. A man, aged 34,...
  • #I'llridewithyou: Celebrities & Twitter users take to social media to support Muslim community

    12/15/2014 8:23:58 AM PST · by dead · 36 replies
    Twelve hours after the Lindt Cafe hostage crisis in Sydney began to unfold, Australians have flooded social media with sentiments of solidarity and support of Muslims in the community. Twitter user Sir Tessa began what has become a worldwide phenomenon, offering to sit next to members of the Islamic faith on transport if they were frightened to be seen in public wearing religious clothing. The 'I'll ride with you' hashtag has garnered over 112,000 mentions across social media, with people all over the world jumping on board the movement in an effort to turn the terrifying events of Monday into...
  • MSNBC Host: ‘Too Early To Tell’ If Man Asking For ISIS Flag Was Motivated By Islam [VIDEO]

    12/15/2014 10:26:39 AM PST · by Zakeet · 62 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 15, 2014 | Alex Griswold
    Despite the Sydney, Australia hostage-taker displaying a flag reading in Arabic, ”There is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God,” despite his being a self-proclaimed sheikh and despite his demand that police give him an ISIS flag, MSNBC “The Rundown” host José Diaz-Balart wondered if Iranian-born Man Haron Monis is motivated by Islam at all.
  • ‘Known Wolf’ Syndrome: Sydney Hostage-Taker Is Yet Another Case of Political Correctness

    12/15/2014 9:19:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/15/2014 | Patrick Poole
    With the hostage situation resolved — hopefully with no innocent lives lost (reports just coming in) — and the release of the name of the hostage taker, Iranian-born Islamic cleric Man Monis aka Shiekh Haron, this seems to be yet another case of what I termed here at PJ Media several weeks ago as “Known Wolf Syndrome.”In that article, following two separate terror attacks in Canada in which the suspects were already well-known to authorities, I noted that in the U.S. too, in many of the domestic terrorism cases the culprits have already been identified to law enforcement as...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Dramatic end to Sydney siege as police storm cafe with guns and stun grenades

    12/15/2014 7:44:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 214 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2014 | Staff
    <p>Police stormed a cafe in central Sydney early Tuesday where a gunman held more than a dozen hostages for more than 16 hours, firing automatic weapons and throwing grenades moments after captives were seen fleeing the buidling in terror. A scene of pandemonium erupted in the early morning just minutes after hostages started emerging from the cafe on their own or in small groups. Eleven hostages The dramatic end stage of the siege came as the gunman holding the remaining captives was revealed as a self-proclaimed Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis. Monis is a 49-year-old man living in southwest Sydney, but is originally from Iran and a self-proclaimed sheik, and also sent hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers between 2007 and 2009, according to The Daily Telegraph. The seige in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place on Monday follows an unsuccessful attempt to have these charges overturned in the High Court on Friday, The Age reported. Monis received 300 community service hours and a two-year good behaviour bond for the correspondence, which he claims were his version of sympathy cards, sent with the help from his girlfriend Amirah Droudis. Arriving as a refugee in Australia in 1996, the hostage-taker was charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife - who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her western Sydney apartment block in November 2013. The man's current partner was charged with murder but they both received bail as the case was deemed too weak.</p>
  • BREAKING: Belgium Siege; Four Gunmen Take Hostages In Ghent, Belgium

    12/15/2014 3:10:36 AM PST · by absentee · 19 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/15/2014 | Caleb Howe
    The BBC and other outlets report this morning that as many as four gunmen have entered a residential apartment building in Ghent, Belgium and have taken hostages. ABC/Reuters reports: Four gunmen in Belgium have taken several people hostage after they entered a flat in the north-western city of Ghent, according to unconfirmed reports. Heavily-armed police have surrounded the area and authorities have urged residents to stay indoors. The state prosecution service said there were no immediate indications of a link to terrorism. It is not known if the event is related to the Sydney Siege. Reports continue to break on...
  • Terrorist Leader Gets "Hacked" ... Literally! Swiss Hostage Escapes from Abu Sayyaf Captors

    12/06/2014 10:31:30 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 11 replies
    Philippine Daily Inquirer | Sunday, December 7th, 2014 | Philippine Daily Inquirer
    Swiss escapes from Abu Sayyaf captors • Hostage hacks bandit as military pounds lair of terror group in Sulu MANILA, Philippines — A Swiss hostage escaped on Saturday from Abu Sayyaf extremists after hacking a militant commander and getting shot as he dashed to freedom, ending more than two years of jungle captivity in Sulu province, according to military officials. Lorenzo Vinciguerra, 49, made his daring escape after government forces fired artillery rounds in the jungle camp where he was being held near the mountainous Patikul town in Sulu. He hacked an Abu Sayyaf commander and ran away but was...
  • Al Qaeda Yemen Branch Threatens To Kill An American After Special Forces Raid To Save Him Failed

    12/04/2014 5:55:43 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 12-4-2014 | William Maclean
    William Maclean, Reuters December 4, 2014 Al Qaeda's Yemen branch published a video purporting to show an American hostage and threatened to kill him if unspecified demands were not met. In the video, the man identified himself as Luke Somers and said he had been kidnapped well over a year ago. He was looking for "any help that can get me out of this situation". Reuters was unable to confirm the authenticity of the video, which was posted on YouTube and social media late on Wednesday and carried by SITE, an organization that monitors militant statements. The man in the...
  • Pentagon got duped, made ransom payment for Bowe Bergdahl to con man

    11/20/2014 5:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 20, 2014 | Bill Gertz
    The Pentagon is under fire for making a ransom payment to an Afghan earlier this year as part of a failed bid to win the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, according to U.S. officials. Sgt. Bergdahl was released in May after nearly five years in captivity as part of a controversial exchange for five terrorists held at the U.S. military detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The ransom payment was first disclosed by Rep. Duncan Hunter in a Nov. 5 letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Mr. Hunter stated in the letter that Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) made...
  • Obama orders review of US hostage policy

    11/18/2014 5:34:50 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 18, 2014 | Kristina Wong
    President Obama has ordered a review of how the U.S. handles the taking of hostages by overseas terrorist groups, according to letter by Christine Wormuth, the Pentagon's undersecretary of defense for policy. "As a result of the increased frequency of hostage-taking of Americans overseas, and the recognition of the dynamic threat posed by specific terrorist groups, the President recently directed a comprehensive review of the U.S. government policy on overseas terrorist-related hostage cases, with specific emphasis on examining family engagement, intelligence collection, and diplomatic engagement policies," Wormuth wrote on Nov. 11 in a letter to Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.). Hunter...
  • INSIDE IRAN'S NEW CONSPIRACY THEORY

    04/18/2009 7:07:25 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 42 replies · 1,013+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 17, 2009 | Amir Taheri
    IRAN is facing an "international conspiracy" to over throw the Khomeinist re gime with a "velvet revolution," the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) claimed yesterday. The latest mascot of the plotters is supposed to be Roxana Saberi, a former Miss North Dakota now charged with espionage in Tehran. A US citizen with an Iranian father and a Japanese mother, the 31-year-old Roxana has worked in Iran on and off for years as a freelance reporter. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for Saberi's immediate release and safe return to the US. IRNA claims that the plot was first...
  • Save Roxana Saberi

    03/22/2009 7:04:14 PM PDT · by Legal Insurrection · 8 replies · 658+ views
    And So It Goes In Shreveport ^ | 3-22-2009 | Shreveport Blog
    Roxana Saberi, an American citizen and a native of Fargo, N.D., has been held in a Tehran prison since the end of January. The Iranian government says she was doing reporting work after her credentials expired and they picked her up two months ago after she bought a bottle of wine. While alcohol is illegal, her action was not uncommon and her parents feel as if this was simply an excuse to arrest her.
  • Non-Muslim Female Fighter Kills Herself to Avoid being Islamic State Hostage

    10/05/2014 9:51:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | October 5, 2014
    Ceylan Ozalp, 19, was reportedly surrounded by ISIS fighters near the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane also known as Ain al-Arab. After she run out of ammunition Ozalp said “goodbye” over the radio and spent her last bullet on killing herself. She knew. She knew what these devout Muslims do to non-Muslim girls. This woman is a heroine. True courage. Another freedom loving people Obama abandoned in support of the jihad movement. ... Those whom their “right hands own” (Quran 4:3, 4:24, 33:50) are slaves, and inextricable from the concept of Islamic slavery as a whole is the concept of...
  • Pro-ISIS Fighters Threaten to Behead French Hostage Hervé Gourdel in Next 24 Hours (Video)

    09/22/2014 12:39:37 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/22/14 | Jim Hoft
    Pro-ISIS fighters in Algeria released a video today of a hostage who was kidnapped this weekend. The hostage delivered a message to President Francois Hollande: “I am in the hands of Jund al-Khilifa, an Algerian armed group. This armed group is asking me to ask you (President Francois Hollande) to not intervene in Iraq. They are holding me as a hostage and I ask you Mr President to do everything to get me out of this bad situation and I thank you.” The pro-ISIS group gave France twenty-four hours to stop “the aggression against ISIL” or they will behead their...
  • IS Militants Release 49 Turkish Hostages

    09/20/2014 5:58:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 09/20/2014 | Dorian Jones
    ISTANBUL— Dozens of Turkish hostages being held by the radical Islamic State group have been released. The hostages arrived in Turkey in the early hours of Saturday, local time, after being held for 101 days. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in a written statement that 49 Turkish hostages held by Islamic State had been released through the efforts of Turkey’s intelligence agency. The Turkish Foreign Ministry says all the hostages are in good condition. The hostages are Turkish diplomats and their families, including women and young children, who were taken in June when Islamic State militants overran Mosul, Iraq’s...
  • Kerry 'taken aback' by James Foley's mother's reaction to handling of case

    09/12/2014 9:51:23 PM PDT · by plain talk · 82 replies
    The U.S. government Friday defended its handling of James Foley's case after the slain journalist's mother told CNN that officials suggested the family could be charged if they tried to raise money to free him. Saying everything possible had been done to bring the journalist home, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters officials worked very closely with Foley's family and with his employer, GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni. "Any advice that this department or other departments give to the families about what they should do in these situations is based solely on what is best for returning their loved one...
  • Qatar: Missing British Researchers Feared Tortured After World Cup Labour Conditions Investigation

    09/04/2014 1:55:09 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 8 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 4, 2014 19:16 BST | By Jack Moore
    Fears have been raised that two British men missing in Qatar may be tortured by authorities in the Gulf State following their investigation into the working conditions of migrants in construction for the 2022 World Cup. Krishna Upadhyaya and Gundev Ghimire, both workers for Norwegian organisation Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD), disappeared in the Qatari capital of Doha after complaints they had been followed by police. Ghimire's wife, Bandana, has spoken of her fears that her husband may be tortured at the hands of Qatari authorities. "We are aware of reports that two British nationals have been detained...
  • US releases ‘dangerous’ Iranian proxy behind the murder of US troops

    12/31/2009 7:43:06 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 33 replies · 2,966+ views
    Live War Journal ^ | December 31, 2009 | By Bill Roggio
    The US has released the leader of an Iranian-backed Shia terror group behind the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007.Qais Qazali, the leader of the Asaib al Haq or the League of the Righteous, was set free by the US military and transferred to Iraqi custody in exchange for the release of British hostage Peter Moore, US military officers and intelligence officials told The Long War Journal. The US military directly implicated Qais in the kidnapping and murder of five US soldiers in Karbala in January 2007. “We let a very dangerous man go,...
  • Why Al Qaeda Released An American Hostage {Just after ISIS murdered one]

    08/26/2014 2:39:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/26/2014 | THOMAS JOSCELYN
    Earlier today, the news broke that Peter Theo Curtis, an American who had been held hostage in Syria since 2012, has been released by his captors. Coming just days after another American hostage, James Foley, was brutally beheaded by the Islamic State, Curtis’s freedom brings a sense of relief. The details of Curtis’s captivity and release reveal much about how al Qaeda is operating nearly thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks. It is not an accident that Curtis’s fate differed from Foley’s. Curtis was held by Jabhat al Nusrah, which is al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria. Al Nusrah’s leaders...
  • Officer shot, hostage situation in Harvey

    08/19/2014 12:34:04 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 26 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 8/19/2014 | ABC7
    HARVEY, Ill. (WLS) -- A Harvey police officer was shot by a burglary suspect who is now holding people hostage inside a home at 147th and Robey, officials said. The officer was wounded in his arm, according to spokesperson Sean Howard, and was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital. The police officer came across a burglary in progress and exchanged fire with the offender, Howard said. The offender then ran into the home, where he is now holding people hostage. Officials do not know how many hostages are being held.
  • Teen held against her will by hospital for 16 months describes her ordeal.....(Justina Pelletier)

    06/29/2014 1:40:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 44 replies
    FULL TITLE: 'This should never happen again': Teen held against her will by hospital for 16 months describes her ordeal after finally being released Justina Pelletier, the Connecticut teenager 'kidnapped' by hospital staff 16 months ago, has described her traumatic ordeal in her first interview since her release. The 16-year-old was admitted to Boston Children's Hospital in February 2013 with the flu but was locked away in a psychiatric unit until this month after two hospitals clashed over her diagnosis. 'This should never happen again to anybody. To any kid or any person. They should never be put through what...
  • Iraq conflict: Forty Indians abducted in Mosul

    06/18/2014 8:33:29 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 18 June 2014
    India has confirmed that 40 of its citizens have been kidnapped in the violence-hit Iraqi city of Mosul. The men were construction workers, a ministry of external affairs spokesman said. India had not received any ransom demand, he added. A 24-hour helpline has been set up for the families and a special envoy is being sent to Baghdad. On Tuesday, the government said it was in touch with 46 Indian nurses stranded in a hospital in Tikrit. Tikrit and Mosul are under the control of the militant Sunni group ISIS. They are among a number of Iraqi towns and cities...
  • Taliban leaders held at Guantánamo Bay to be released in peace talks deal

    01/03/2012 3:14:04 PM PST · by ColdOne · 39 replies
    guardian.co.uk ^ | 1/3/12 | Julian Borger, and Jon Boone
    The US has agreed in principle to release high-ranking Taliban officials from Guantánamo Bay in return for the Afghan insurgents' agreement to open a political office for peace negotiations in Qatar, the Guardian has learned. According to sources familiar with the talks in the US and in Afghanistan, the handful of Taliban figures will include Mullah Khair Khowa, a former interior minister, and Noorullah Noori, a former governor in northern Afghanistan. More controversially, the Taliban are demanding the release of the former army commander Mullah Fazl Akhund. Washington is reported to be considering formally handing him over to the custody...
  • Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been freed

    04/24/2014 10:05:44 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 6 replies
    poynter.org ^ | 24.04.2014 12:57 pm | Kristen Hare
    This tweet came from BBC Moscow’s acting bureau chief: Kevin Bishop @bishopk Urgent: hostage @SimonOstrovsky free and safe with me in car en route to Donetsk @RadioCanada J-François Bélanger Simon Ostrovsky is free - BBC has spoken to him direct. He is on his way to Donetsk. “VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health,” VICE said in a statement to Poynter. “We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Out of respect for Simon and his family’s privacy, we have...
  • Abbas dumps another US-led peace effort, Kerry gives up on shuttle, Pollard release recedes

    04/01/2014 1:40:39 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 13 replies
    Debka file ^ | April 1, 2014, 11:05 PM (IST)
    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas did not announce his walkout from the negotiations with Israel or directly turn down the package of far-reaching Israeli concessions which US Secretary of State John Kerry assembled with Binyamin Netanyahu early Wednesday, April 1. He simply turned his back on the commitment he made ahead of the talks to refrain from unilateral applications to UN bodies while they were in progress. As soon as the US Secretary flew off to Brussels, he sent out applications for “the independent Palestinian state” to join 12 UN agencies as members. This was after the Palestinian leader upped his...
  • Kerry wants terror chief freed in exchange for Israeli spy

    04/01/2014 8:52:48 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 25 replies
    WND ^ | 3/31/14 | Aaron Klein
    Architect of Palestinian intifada, Pollard in peace-talks deal TEL AVIV – The U.S. consideration to free convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is tied to the release from Israeli jail of Marwan Barghouti, the accused architect of the Palestinian intifada, the terror campaign that began in September 2000, according to informed diplomatic sources here. The deal is being discussed between Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Besides the freedom of Barghouti, the U.S. is also demanding that Israel agree to a final-status framework deal on all core issues in exchange for releasing Pollard. Core issues include the...
  • Police Shoot Hostage Taker Outside Denver Convenience Store

    01/14/2014 8:58:09 AM PST · by kjam22 · 72 replies
    youtube ^ | 1-14-2014 | kjam22
    Looked and didn't see this posted anywhere.... Now here is a guy who has seen too many movies... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKXOG87bh3k
  • US Indicts 4 Colombia ELN Rebels for 2000 Kidnapping

    11/13/2013 1:45:17 AM PST · by Cindy · 2 replies
    LATIN AMERICA HERALD TRIBUNE ^ | November 8, 2013 | n/a
    SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON – Four members of a violent guerilla organization were indicted on Friday on conspiracy and hostage-taking charges stemming from the kidnapping of more than 60 people in Colombia in 2000, including three United States nationals."
  • CryptoLocker: A particularly pernicious virus

    10/24/2013 11:15:25 AM PDT · by brityank · 32 replies
    Wndows Secrets ^ | October 24, 2013 | Susan Bradley
    CryptoLocker: A particularly pernicious virus   By Susan Bradley on October 24, 2013 in Top Story Online attackers are using encryption to lock up our files and demand a ransom — and AV software probably won’t protect you. Here are ways to defend yourself from CryptoLocker — pass this information along to friends, family, and business associates. Forgive me if I sound a bit like those bogus virus warnings proclaiming, “You have the worst virus ever!!” But there’s a new threat to our data that we need to take seriously. It’s already hit many consumers and small businesses. Called...
  • La Puente Pastor Returns Home After Release From Iranian Prison

    10/24/2013 10:30:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    CBS Local ^ | October 23, 2013
    A pastor is back home in La Puente tonight following his release from an Iranian prison. Pastor Edward Romero traveled to the country alone to protest the imprisonment of four Christians and their attorney. He spoke to KCAL9′s Andrea Fujii about the frightening ordeal. “The Lord says, ‘Let my people go so they may worship me.’ I said that in English, Farsi, I said that in Spanish and I listed the Iranian five there,” he recalled of his protest outside the prison. Romero got into the country under the guise of taking a tour in Turkey, but split from his...
  • *OBAMA REJECTS REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL FOR SHORT-TERM PLAN: NYT

    10/10/2013 3:32:28 PM PDT · by thought · 143 replies
    S&P futures are now over 15 points off the day's highs, as it seems equity investors were hoping for a Cumbaya moment after the White House meeting today. However, as Bloomberg reports, •*BOEHNER LEAVES OBAMA MEETING WITHOUT SPEAKING TO REPORTERS •*REPUBLICANS LEAVE WHITE HOUSE WITHOUT MAKING STATEMENT •*OBAMA REJECTS REPUBLICAN PROPOSAL FOR SHORT-TERM PLAN: NYT It would seem that Obama's "unconditional surrender or default" position has merely placed the pressure to act back on Boehner's shoulders.
  • Gunman Who Took Hostages at Louisiana Bank Posted Chilling Facebook Messages

    10/05/2013 11:57:48 PM PDT · by Cindy · 34 replies
    FOX NEWS.com ^ | August 14, 2013 | n/a
    "Gunman who took hostages at Louisiana bank posted chilling Facebook messages" SNIPPET: "The gunman who took three hostages at a Louisiana bank Tuesday -- killing one of them before being shot and killed by police -- recently posted chilling messages on Facebook, including a cartoon strip about hostages.   In a post on Sunday, 20-year-old Fuaed Abdo Ahmed displays a cartoon strip that focuses on an apparent hostage situation." SNIPPET: "Ahmed's final post, made Tuesday just hours before the hostage standoff began, is of a photo of a man with a sword attacking a tank.Under the photo is a quote...
  • The Unbelievable Savagery of the Kenya Mall Terrorists

    09/30/2013 8:25:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 91 replies
    National Review Online ^ | September 27, 2013 | Alec Torres
    <p>As if the senseless massacre of innocents in Nairobi’s Westgate mall was not horrific enough, reports are surfacing that the Islamic terrorists who seized the mall last weekend tortured, beheaded, raped, and mutilated their victims before killing them. A police doctor who entered the mall after the attack said these reports “are not allegations. Those are f***ing truths.”</p>
  • N. Korea: Pyongyang Orders Diplomats’ Children Home

    09/22/2013 3:29:23 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 20, 2013 | Alexander Martin
    September 20, 2013, 12:00 AM Pyongyang Orders Diplomats’ Children Home By Alexander Martin Biography Worried about possible threats to regime stability from North Korean children educated abroad, Pyongyang has ordered its diplomats and state trading company officials stationed overseas to send their children back to the North, an expert on the secretive regime says. Kansai University Prof. Lee Young Hwa said the order was the first of its kind passed under the North’s young leader Kim Jong Un, according to information he received from a North Korean trading official in China. The order, with a deadline set for the end...
  • 31 people dead in hostage standoff at Nairobi mall (36 hostages still held by Al Qaeda linked group)

    09/21/2013 1:23:22 PM PDT · by Innovative · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Sept 21, 2013 | Michael Martinez. Faith Karimi and Zain Verjee, CNN
    There are 31 people confirmed dead in Saturday's attack at a Nairobi shopping mall, the Kenya National Disaster Operation Centre tweeted. "Bodies in the lobby area and ground floor to be removed," the organization added. Several hours after the assault began, Al-Shabaab, an al-Qaeda-linked militant group based in Somalia, claimed responsibility for the bloodshed. There were also 100 people injured, the official said. As darkness fell in Nairobi, authorities said as many as 36 hostages are still being held by the gunmen in the mall... Americans were also injured in the attack, said Deputy State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf. But...
  • Update: One hostage dead, another seriously injured; gunman dead (St. Joeseph)

    08/14/2013 4:34:00 AM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 24 replies
    KNOE.com ^ | 8/14/13 | KNOE.com
    UPDATE: Wednesday 5:30a (KNOE 8 News) KNOE 8 News remains on the scene of the deadly bank hostage standoff in the Tensas Parish community of St. Joseph. In the past hour crews have removed a body from the bank, presumably that of shooter, 20-year-old Fruaed Ahmed. KNOE's April Dovorany reports Wednesday morning during Good Morning Arklamiss and will have an extended LIVE report at 6:20a. UPDATE WEDNESDAY 2:50 KNOE 8 News has just confirmed one hostage from the Tensas State Bank's branch in St, Joseph is dead. We're being told another hostage remains in the hospital in critical condition. The...
  • The Hostage Situation In St. Joseph

    08/13/2013 6:01:55 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 15 replies
    The Hayride ^ | 13 August 13 | Macoidh
    It looks as if there is something a little more going on than your typical bank robbery-gone-wrong scenario in St. Joseph this afternoon. What’s on the wires at present is this. Someone with what might be an automatic weapon has holed himself up in the Tensas State Bank in that sleepy burg along the Mississippi about 20 miles north of Natchez, and he apparently has at least three bank employees holed up with him. A state police hostage negotiator is on the scene, and it’s a developing situation. That’s what we know. Here’s what the grapevine is spitting out. First,...
  • Austrian Yemen hostage ‘feared execution’

    05/17/2013 10:54:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Gulf news - Reuters ^ | May 16, 2013
    Former hostage ‘spared after he recited verses from Quran’. Vienna: An Austrian man held hostage for five months in Yemen said he was kept in permanent darkness in a room too small to stand up in and was forced to convert to Islam at gunpoint. At one point, Dominik Neubaur told Austrian magazine News, he was taken out for what he thought would be his execution — but believed he was spared after he recited verses from the Quran. “I heard a weapon being loaded and felt its muzzle on the back of my head,” he said his first interview...
  • Bangladeshi man found chained in Greece as captors sought ransom

    03/31/2013 1:21:04 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 4 replies
    ekathimerini.com ^ | Sunday March 31, 2013 (20:14)
    A 22-year-old man was found chained to a pole in a disused greenhouse by local police in Ileia in the Peloponnese on Saturday after being held captive by a gang of compatriots who had been demanding ransom for his release from his family in Bangladesh. According to police reports, nine suspects, all Bangladeshi nationals, had abducted the 22-year-old laborer and held him in the old greenhouse. They demanded 5,000 euros from their captive's family for his release, of which they received 2,000 euros. Police, who located the victim in the greenhouse after acting on tip-off from another Bangladeshi man who...
  • Alabama hostage boy safe, captor dead: Official

    02/04/2013 2:57:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    NBC News ^ | February 4, 2013 | Erin McClam and Gabe Gutierrez
    A 5-year-old boy held captive for seven days in an underground bunker in southern Alabama is alive and his kidnapper is dead, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Monday afternoon. Jimmy Lee Dykes, a 65-year-old man described by his neighbors as a paranoid survivalist, grabbed the boy from a school bus last Tuesday afternoon. …
  • Alabama standoff 2013: Details emerge about man at center of hostage drama

    02/03/2013 7:23:52 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 37 replies
    15.com ^ | 3 February 2013
    MIDLAND CITY, AL - As an Alabama standoff and hostage drama marked a sixth day Sunday, more details emerged about the suspect at the center, with neighbors and officials painting a picture of an isolated man estranged from his family. Authorities say Jim Lee Dykes, 65 -- a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War known as Jimmy to neighbors -- gunned down a school bus driver and abducted a 5-year-old boy from the bus, taking him to an underground bunker on his rural property. The driver, 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr., was buried Sunday. Dykes, described as a loner who...
  • Hostage drama drags on after Alabama school bus shooting

    01/31/2013 6:48:02 PM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 61 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 31 January 2013 | Phil Sears
    MIDLAND CITY, Alabama (Reuters) - A gunman suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama school bus driver before holing up in an underground bunker with a young child is a Vietnam veteran with anti-government views, authorities and an organization that tracks hate groups said on Wednesday. Law enforcement officials from multiple agencies were bivouacked near the bunker in Midland City but offered few details about a standoff with the shooter that stretched into its second day on Wednesday.Authorities said driver Charles Albert Poland Jr., 66, was killed after the gunman boarded a bus ferrying more than 20 children home from school...
  • Man kills Alabama bus driver, holds child hostage underground

    01/30/2013 9:29:49 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/30/2013 | Lateef Mungin, CNN
    (CNN) -- A gunman boarded a school bus in Alabama, took a 6-year-old boy hostage and killed the driver who tried to save him, police said Wednesday. The incident occurred Tuesday and continued into Wednesday morning, with authorities still desperately trying to free the young child, who was being held by the gunman in an underground bunker. "We will continue to work diligently through the night in an effort to bring closure to this incident as quickly as possible," the Dale County Sheriff's Department said late Tuesday. Authorities identified the slain bus driver as 66-year-old Charles Albert Poland Jr. Late...
  • Suspect in S. Ala. bus shooting said to have child in bunker

    01/29/2013 7:23:38 PM PST · by jodster36 · 23 replies
    WFSA News ^ | 1/29/13 | John Shyrock
    The Dale County Sheriff's Department has established a command post location at the intersection of 231 North and Private Road 1539 in Dale County, Alabama following a shooting Multiple agencies are present assisting with the incident where multiple reports are indicating that a bus driver was shot and a student on-board the bus was taken hostage. The incident started around 3:40pm Tuesday near Destiny Church The Sheriff's Department is confirming that one adult male was shot, though they could not say how serious the person's injuries were. There are no suspects in custody and officials would not confirm a child hostage situation Though there's no confirmed evidence of explosive devices,...
  • US Confirms Americans Taken After Algeria Attack (SecDef Panetta: "Terrorist Attack"

    01/16/2013 10:47:03 AM PST · by kristinn · 66 replies
    AP via U.S. News ^ | Wednesday, January 16, 2013 | Bradley Klapper
    The Obama administration is condemning an Islamist attack on a natural gas field in southern Algeria and confirming that Americans are among those being held hostage. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in Italy that Americans were among the hostages and called the incident a "terrorist attack."
  • Hollande: Al-Qaeda 'Not to Be Trusted'

    12/30/2012 3:42:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Local ^ | 27 Dec 2012
    President François Hollande said on Thursday that Islamist groups holding French hostages in Africa were not trustworthy and should not be taken seriously after Al-Qaeda accused Paris of blocking negotiations for their release. There are a total of nine French hostages on the continent. On Tuesday the Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said France was snubbing talks proposed by the group to free four French citizens abducted in Niger in September 2010. "The less one speaks, the better one can work," Hollande told journalists during a visit to Rungis, a giant wholesale food market just outside Paris. "There have been...
  • Former FBI agent missing in Iran photographed in Guantánamo jumpsuit

    01/09/2013 1:12:31 AM PST · by MestaMachine · 46 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 08 Jan 2013 | Barney Henderson
    Former FBI agent missing in Iran photographed in Guantánamo jumpsuit By Barney Henderson 8:44PM GMT 08 Jan 2013 The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iran in 2007, have released pictures of him dressed in an orange jumpsuit like a Guantánamo Bay prisoner, as they continue to hold hope that he is still alive.